Turmeric Latte

Turmeric Latte
When I first began recipe testing for a golden latte, I realized quickly that I hadn’t tried enough of them to know what they should truly taste like. I know what is most important is that it tastes good, but I also wanted the concoction to be reminiscent to what has been a popular drink for centuries in India known as ‘Haldi dhoodh’. So after ordering enough turmeric lattes for a lifetime, I realized that most of them tasted delicious and my favourites had other spices to counteract the overpowering turmeric taste. Not only is this drink an anti inflammatory and immune boosting elixir, but it is also a tasty soothing coffee or tea alternative. I personally enjoy it as a soothing afternoon treat but anytime of day works!

Ingredients:

• 1 tsp fresh turmeric root, peeled* and grated (ground turmeric will work as well)
• 1 tsp fresh ginger root, peeled* and grated (ground ginger will work as well)
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp maple syrup
• 1/2 tsp coconut oil
• pinch of freshly ground black pepper
• pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
• 1 cup hot dairy free milk of choice, homemade is best!

*use a back of a spoon to peel!

Directions:

1. Warm dairy free milk in a pot.
2. Add all ingredients into a high power blender. Blend until smooth and frothy. If you didn’t grate your fresh ginger or turmeric, you might need to blend a few times for a smooth consistency.
3. Serve with a cinnamon stick.

Turmeric Latte

Superfood Hot Chocolate

Superfood Hot Chocolate
So it’s now two weeks into 2016 and I figured it is a good time to check in on your resolutions and share some of my own. As we settle back into our routines after a relaxing holiday, it is a perfect time to think about the goals we have set out for in 2016. One of my (many) New Year’s resolutions is to take a big step away from screens. Between cell phones, iPads and television I find that most of us have lost the ability to be fully present in our everyday lives. We feel insecure or lost without our gadgets, even when sitting at the dinner table. So to unplug in 2016, I have made a rule with my fiancé that there are no gadgets (including cell phones) after 10pm! I’m really ruining his score on Candy Crush but he hates to admit that he truly does enjoy a few hours of email-free serenity before bedtime.

​Another great way to replace some of that Netflix time (I repeat, only some) is to read. Yes reading for pleasure! With that cold winter chill and snowy roads nothing sounds better than curling up on the couch with a hot beverage and a book. A hot tea or lemon water is always a good idea but sometimes we crave something more luxurious and comforting. Remember that sugar doesn’t always go hand in hand with comfort. Actually, a sugary drink might leave you feeling tired halfway through that book. I am so excited that I have partnered with Truvia sweetener to bring you a superfood packed hot chocolate without any sugar. This stevia-based sweetener provides you with the sweetness of two teaspoons of sugar without added calories or the dreaded blood sugar swing! With the help of turmeric, cayenne and coconut oil this beverage provides anti-inflammatory, metabolism boosting and anti-bacterial benefits. So it’s time to order that book you’ve been meaning to read, and drink up this good-for-you hot chocolate.

Ps. For free samples of Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener head to Truvia.com/Canada/products/free_sample
Superfood Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

• 1/2 cup coconut milk
• 1 cup almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice
• 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
• 1 tsp maca powder
• 1 tsp coconut oil
• 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• pinch of cayenne powder
• 2 packets Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring almond and coconut milk to a simmer.

2. Add cacao, maca, coconut oil, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne and Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener. Whisk until well combined (about 2-3 minutes)

3. Carefully add mixture to a high speed blender. Blend for 30 seconds and pour into mugs. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately.Superfood Hot Chocolate

Sweet Potato Chilli

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I don’t know whether this constitutes as chilli or a stew but either way it is one of the easiest, cheapest and most satisfying meals to eat when the cold weather comes around. I have been making this dish for about four years now and can basically do it with my eyes closed. It is such a staple in my household, it practically blends in with the fridge.  What is so great about any chilli or stew is that you can add just about anything and it will still taste pretty great so long as the spice is there. If you have vegetables or meat that are reaching their expiration date, you can throw them into the pot and extend their life for at least another week or two. Whats best is that this dish actually tastes better with age. Just like a homemade sauce, the flavours are more enhanced a day or two later and it can be enjoyed throughout the week.

I do not add meat to this chilli because it is already packed with enough protein from all of the beans, which makes it a great option for #meatlessmondays or for those trying to reduce their animal protein intake. And to be honest, you don’t really miss it. I normally make Zach a huge container to take to work to eat throughout the week. This kid loves his steak more than the average, and this chilli is one of his favourites!

Beans are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Eating beans may decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, and can even help with weight management. Because they are rich in protein and carbohydrates you will be left feeling full and satisfied without any added fat. The sweet potato will give you lots of vitamin E and potassium. I even add a little turmeric to mine for added anti inflammatory benefits. Feel free to interchange the sweet potato with butternut squash (equally as delicious). Serve with a fresh salad for a complete meal or over some brown rice after a good cardio workout. My mom loves it over brown rice noodles or stuffed in a baked potato! Dee-lish. Bon appétit!
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Ingredients:

• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic (about 3 cloves)
• 1 yellow onion finely chopped
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp pepper
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 1 tsp chilli powder (you can add more if you like your chilli smokier)
• 1 tsp paprika
• 1 tbsp ground cumin
• about 1 lb chopped carrots (8-10 carrots, make sure they are bite sized!)
• 2 sweet potatoes chopped (can interchange with squash)
• 2 large cans of whole tomatoes (I buy San Marzano)
• 2 cups of cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
• 1 cup cooked red kidney beans
• 1 cup cooked canellini beans
• 1 heaped tbsp of tomato paste
• 1 tbsp hot sauce (I use Frank’s Red Hot) *optional
• 2-3 drops stevia (optional)
• bunch of fresh cilantro (for garnish)

Directions:

1. In a huge stock pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Sautée onion until translucent about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and spices. Sautée for another minute.
2. Add carrots and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes. If you find they are sticking to the pot, add more olive oil.
3. Add tomatoes and pierce using a wooden spoon. If you like tomato chunks, don’t break them down too much! Add tomato paste and hot sauce and bring to a light boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer uncovered and cook until you can pierce the potato and carrots easily with a fork (about 20-30 minutes).
4. Add your beans and allow to cook for another 10 minutes until the water from the tomatoes is mostly cooked down. If you are using canned beans, make sure to rinse them really well! Make sure to taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. If you like a sweet and spicy chilli, add a little bit of stevia!
5. Serve with fresh cilantro as a garnish!
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